MDKA has released our design for the DUOS Hotel, a 51-room condo hotel at 335 NW 28th Street between NW 3rd and NW 5th Avenues in the heart of Wynwood. The 37,000-square-foot ground-up hotel, developed by Alessandro Ferretti and Vitrium Capital, is expected to be Wynwood’s first hotel when it opens in 2020.
MKDA’s Miami Studio devised a rectilinear building to optimize the small site and then pushed and pulled the facade to add depth and dimension. The stacked block concept–designed with perforated metal panels framed by bare concrete–was intended to resemble Tetris, a video game that has been popular among the hotel’s target demographic, Millennials.
A beautiful outdoor seating area at ground level provides access to the hotel by way of an elevator that opens directly to the second-floor lobby. With artwork and 3,000 square feet of retail, which can be utilized for food and beverage retailers, the base of the hotel provides an optimal transition from street life to the interior. The elevated lobby was designed with a raw aesthetic and splashes of bold color and geometric graphics, much like the artwork seen on the streets of Wynwood. The lobby’s floors are made of poured terrazzo with geometric inlays that carry the Tetris concept and forms to the interior and symbolize Wynwood’s constant expansion. The lobby design also includes back-painted glass walls, a custom brass reception desk, and copper and anodized black metal details that represent the exposed pipes abundant in the neighborhood’s warehouses.
In addition to the modern lobby, the hotel’s interior comprises 51 condo hotel units across seven floors that are designed with luxurious textiles and deep grey carpet tiles in varying geometric shapes. Exposed concrete ceilings create an industrial aesthetic and maximize ceiling heights while custom millwork create modern compact and efficient spaces for all furniture, storage and kitchen requirements. Bathrooms feature terrazzo flooring and black tiled walls.
An amenities floor was designed with a gym and an open-concept conference and business center divided by garage doors that can open to reconfigure the layout for a variety of needs and uses.